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SEC and Member Institutions monitor COVID-19

3 days ago
SEC Staff
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The health of our student-athletes, campus communities, fans and general public is an ongoing priority of the Southeastern Conference and its member institutions.

The SEC continues to monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is in regular communications with member institutions and public health officials related to the spread of the disease.

All SEC regular season conference and non-conference competitions beginning Thursday, March 12 were cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year, including all remaining SEC championship events, due to developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, all spring football games were cancelled and no pro days were conducted by SEC institutions.

Other athletics activities, including team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, whether voluntary or required, were suspended through June 7.

Voluntary in-person athletics activities were permitted to resume on SEC campuses, at the discretion of each university, beginning June 8. During the month of June, NCAA regulations allowed only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise voluntary on-campus athletics activities. Consistent with NCAA regulations, organized practices and other required physical activities remained prohibited in all sports. SEC institutions are currently permitted to engage in required and voluntary activity consistent with NCAA legislation.

Conference institutions are prohibited from hosting, conducting, or participating in all in-person camps and coaches' clinics through August 31.

The start of volleyball, soccer and cross-country competition has been postponed through at least August 31, including all exhibition and non-conference competition.

The SEC has established September 26 as the new kickoff for its 2020 football season to allow its universities to focus on the healthy return of their campus communities and the gradual re-introduction of athletics. The 2020 SEC football season will be comprised of a 10-game Conference-only schedule and the SEC Football Championship Game will be played December 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, rescheduled from the original date of December 5. The schedule will include one mid-season open date for each school and an open date on December 12 for all schools.

Southeastern Conference student-athletes who elect to not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the fall 2020 academic semester because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.

SEC member institutions will continue to provide their student-athletes with care and support to meet needs in areas including academics, medical care, mental health and wellness, nutrition and housing as needed.

The SEC encourages the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov) as a source of information for advice on preventive action and updates on the disease, and to seek medical advice from qualified medical professionals when necessary and appropriate.

Below are links to SEC institutional websites, the NCAA and national health organizations that have the latest information on the coronavirus.

National Organization Websites